A California judge has approved a $48-million jury award to a former Union Pacific Railroad employee who was left a quadriplegic after a work-related motor vehicle accident last year. The jury award in Los Angeles to Eric Doi was the largest verdict ever to a Plaintiff under the federal law that covers railroad workers injured on the job. It should be noted that railroads and their employees are not covered by state workers’ compensation laws. The railroad company says it will “pursue further judicial review,” which is a fancy way of saying the case isn’t over.
The 30-year-old employee, a railroad signalman, was the passenger in a company truck last year when a co-worker behind the wheel became distracted and lost control of the vehicle. The truck rolled over down an embankment, crashed through a fence and into oncoming traffic on a highway. The employee, who now needs round-the-clock care and physical rehabilitation, relies on other people for everyday activities. These are the little things we all take for granted, such as using the bathroom or eating a meal. Donald S. Britt, a lawyer from Sacramento, California, represented the employee and did an outstanding job in this case.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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